NIST Releases Draft Plan for Federal Engagement in AI Standards Development

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comment on a draft plan for federal government engagement in advancing artificial intelligence (AI) standards for U.S. economic and national security needs. The document recommends four actions: bolster AI standards-related knowledge, leadership and coordination among federal agencies; promote focused research on the “trustworthiness” of AI; support and expand public-private partnerships; and engage with international parties.

“AI is already transforming so many aspects of our lives and has the potential to do much more,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Walter G. Copan. “The federal government has an important role to play, in partnership with industry and academia, to ensure that the U.S. maintains its leadership in AI. We want to make the most of this technology, while ensuring safety, privacy and security.”

“Today’s draft plan is another critical step in implementing the American AI Initiative, our national strategy to maintain and strengthen America’s leadership in AI,” said Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy Michael Kratsios. “The Trump administration looks forward to continued engagement with the federal government, industry, academia and other stakeholders to advance the American AI Initiative and unleash innovative, trustworthy AI technologies.”

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